Genomic Imprinting and Epigenetics Meetings

2005: Environmental Epigenomics, Imprinting and Disease Susceptibility

Durham, NC: The 'early origins hypothesis' of Barker states that environmental factors, such as nutrition acting in early life, program the risks for adverse health outcomes in adult life. This hypothesis is now supported by a number of epidemiological studies performed worldwide. Environmental perturbations during gestation are also known to affect adult phenotype by altering gene expression through the modification of DNA  methylation and chromatin structure. The objective of this conference is to discuss the evidence that genomic elements, such as transposons and imprinted genes, can function as epigenetically labile targets for linking environmental exposures during early development to adult susceptibility of developing medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, behavioral disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

ORGANIZERS: Randy L. Jirtle (Duke University) and Fred Tyson (NIEHS)

Invited Speaker Presentations

The following is a list of the Environmental Epigenomics conference speakers and their addresses, along with links to their presentation abstracts and recordings.

Attendee Presentations

Conference Sponsors

National Institute of Environmental Health SciencesDuke Comprehensive Cancer CenterDuke Department of Radiation OncologyDuke University Integrated Toxicology ProgramDuke University Superfund Basic Research CenterRete Mirabile Fund of the Triangle Community FoundationElsevier's Advances in Developmental BiologySumitomo Chemical CompanyMerck Research LaboratoriesOncoMethylome SciencesRoche Applied ScienceAmplicon ExpressGlaxoSmithKlineAstraZenecaDiagenode